Doors Open Winnipeg

The Cathedral will be opening its doors for visitors Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29 for ‘Doors Open Winnipeg’. Tours of the Cathedral and the Cemetery are at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm on Saturday and 1:00 and 3:00 pm on Sunday. If you have never taken the tour, this is a great opportunity to learn the history of St. John’s. To check out other venues, go to There’s no charge for admission at any of the Doors Open sites.

‘I Remember Mama’

Two North End residents and members of the Shoestring Players are taking part in a classic production to raise money for Hospitality House Refugee Ministry.

In May, the theatre group will be performing I Remember Mama, a play originally produced in 1944 by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, at St. John’s Cathedral. The original production is a compilation of six short stories from Kathryn Forbes’ book Mama’s Bank Account, about a Norwegian immigrant family and their struggles coming to North America in the 1900s. The play has been adapted to be set in 1910 Winnipeg, a time when many immigrants arrived.

“Right at that time, Winnipeg was enjoying its great expansion and immigrants were pouring in from Europe,” said Peter Spencer, the play’s director.

I Remember Mama speaks to the struggles and experiences many newcomer families are going through, Spencer said. HHRM is a non-profit organization that sponsors refugees, provides housing and support for up to 12 people at a time. Although many parishes and donors have supported their work, Tom Denton, HHRM’s executive director, said help is always welcome.

“Hospitality House receives no government funding whatsoever, and relies entirely on the generosity of the community to keep its doors open to serve thousands of refugees over the past 30 years.”

The cast of 17 local artists has been rehearsing since the end of February. Spence said it’s a short time for such a big production. The church will be adapted to become the stage for I Remember Mama.

“I think we have a strong cast and it’s been a lot of work and frustration, but putting on a play is problem-solving basically. As you run into problems you try to solve them,” he explained. “There’s kind of a miracle in theatre. The miracle is that it all seems to come together in the end. People make enormous strides in learning their roles. You get on stage, and almost all of it comes together.”

North End resident Robert Butler has been creating costumes for the Shoestring Players for over 20 years and said dressing up characters plays an essential part in any production. He researches the era and the characters in the production and then goes through the Shoestring Players’ stock, as well as thrift shops and available fabrics, to create something that will support the characters.

“If the costume is not working on stage it can be distracting for the performance. The audience is watching and thinking ‘there’s something wrong with that.’” Butler said.

All performances will be held at St. John’s Cathedral (135 Anderson Ave.) daily from Tues., May 16 to Sat., May 20 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and may be reserved by calling 204-475-6821 or email

(Source: the Times newspaper, May 27, 2017)


Join The Shoestring Players at the Cathedral May 16th through May 20th for their presentation of ‘I Remember Mama’. Proceeds from the play will benefit the Hospitality House Refugee Ministry.


TI.2017.Horizontal.V5‘Water Justice’ – An annual theological conference

Water is a gift. Water is life. As water crises increase, access to safe and clean drinking water decreases.

From Flint to Standing Rock, many of today’s most pressing social issues revolve around water. Faith communities worldwide can help.

You’re invited to attend Trinity Institute, an annual conference that takes place in New York City and at partner sites around the world via webcast, including at St. John’s Cathedral. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues. This year we’ll hear from Jeffrey Sachs, Christiana Peppard, Winston Halapua, Thabo Makgoba, Katharine Hayhoe, Maude Barlow, Kim Stanley Robinson, and others.

Join the water justice movement! We’ll develop a deeper appreciation for water as a sacred gift, gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between water justice and climate change, and learn what we can do about water issues of access, pollution, drought, and rising sea levels.

Please see our poster and agenda. For further information click here.
To register, please download out our fillable registration-form and send to

High Feasts and Holy-Days…

IMG_1213_2Saturday, Christmas Eve
Family Service with Eucharist at 7:00 p.m., Dean Paul N. Johnson preaching and presiding;
Sung Eucharist (‘Midnight Mass’) at 11:00 p.m., Bishop Donald Phillips preaching, Dean Johnson presiding.

Sunday, Christmas Day, Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord
Eucharist at 10:30 a.m., Dean Paul N. Johnson preaching and presiding.

First Sunday of Christmas, the Name of Jesus, January 1
Eucharist at 10:30 a.m., The Rev. Julie Collings preaching and presiding.

Baptism of Our Lord, January 8
Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.,  The Rev. Brian Ford preaching and presiding.

‘Toasting Winnipeg’ – new breakfast series

kylemKyle Mason, founder and executive director of the North End Family Centre, and Louise Champagne, president of Neechi Commons, 865 Main St., will speak at Neechi Commons on Tuesday, May 31 as part of ‘Toasting Winnipeg’, a new Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce breakfast series that celebrates local success stories. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about some of the people who are making a difference in our city. Registration is $40 or $25 (if you are a member of the WCC). The event starts a 7:30 a.m. For more information or to register, please click here.